America’s favorite white wine from Italy in the ’70s and ’80s, Soave decreased in popularity in the ’90s as pinot grigio ascended. Thanks to the higher-quality wines and targeted communication campaigns, Soave is now re-gaining popularity with America’s wine drinkers. Here, Soave winemakers share what you need to know.
1. In Italian, Soave means ‘smooth’ or ‘appealing’
The origin of the name ‘Soave’ comes from the Suevians, a people of German descent who moved to Italy with Alboin, the Longobard King, in the 6th Century.
2. Soave’s lively acidity make it a perfect complement for Japanese cuisine
Sushi, sashimi and tempura dishes have a complementary delicacy and lightness. Also, Soave should be chilled — but not ice-cold.
3. Soave is for lovers
The vineyards of Soave are scattered across the hillsides of the Veneto east of Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet. Just 50 miles from Soave is that other romantic Italian city, Venice.
4. The main varietal in Soave is Garganega
Garganega?is an indigenous grape that found an ideal habitat in the volcanic soil of Soave. With a long viticultural history dating back to the Roman era, Garganega is referred to frequently in Italian literature. Eons ago, the Soave area was covered by a tropical sea as evidenced by saline sediments in the soil that are expressed in the wine.
5. The Soave Wine Road is an excellent way for travelers to experience Soave.
Roughly 30 miles long and passing through 13 wineries, this road showcases historic landmarks and architectural attractions, museums, fine restaurants and the landscapes of the Verona hills with their abundant olive and cherry trees. metro